NASA and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland agreed to cooperate on a NASA heliophysics mission, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), which is led by Princeton’s David McComas, a professor of astrophysical sciences.

The agreement will allow the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences to design and build one of IMAP’s 10 instruments — the Global Solar Wind Structure (GLOWS) instrument — as well as provide ground support and personnel necessary to support the instrument and the IMAP science team.

This is the first time Poland will build an entire instrument for NASA, continuing a long previous history of working together. “This agreement builds on a history of cooperation with Poland that dates back to 1962,” said Steve Jurczyk, the associate administrator for NASA. “We appreciate Poland’s support for IMAP, and together we’ll work to explore and understand our space environment better than ever before.”

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